People Watching 2/17/20

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper have announced finalists for the 2020 “Technician of the Year” program. They will meet next month in San Antonio to determine who will win $2,500 and will represent Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper this November at the ASE Technician of the Year Award Ceremony.

Full Throttle Performance Products has announced Robert Potetz of Rain Forest Car Wash & Lube in Cypress, TX as the grand-prize winner of the 2019 Full Throttle Tech U Training & Rewards competition. For his service efforts, Potetz collected the grand prize of $10,000. During the year-long contest, now in its fourth year, he completed training and became a certified Tech U service adviser.

• Fleet services provider ARI (Mt. Laurel, NJ) has promoted Craig Pierce to vice president of U.S. sales. Pierce, who joined the company in 2016, was responsible for ARI’s sales efforts throughout the western region.

Dealer-FX, a customer experience management provider for automotive retailers and OEMs, has announced that CEO and Founder Gary Kalk has moved to a new role as executive chairman of the board of directors, with Bill Lucchini taking over as CEO after having served as COO for the past six months.